Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 15:47 UTC
Windows So, after much, much speculation and many, many rumours, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Phone 7 Series, its newest mobile operating system. Hold on to your hats, because uncharacteristically for the Redmond giant, they've rebuilt everything from the ground up - this system has little to no connection to the Windows Mobile of yore. I don't say this lightly - but dear lord, Windows Phone 7 Series is full of win. Update: Hands-on video from Engadget inside. Update II: There is no sync application. It's all done over-the-air, to the internet. Only videos and music are synced via the Zune software. Update III: Since I didn't mention it clearly, here it goes: Windows Phone 7 Series is a clean break. There is no backwards compatibility at all. Update IV: Channel9 has a 22-minute in-depth demonstration of Windows Phone 7 Series.
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Hmm
by leos on Mon 15th Feb 2010 20:36 UTC
leos
Member since:
2005-09-21

Well I'll have to use one first, but from the videos of the UI I think I'm in the minority in saying that it looks pretty stupid.

Yes I like the clean look, but the whole idea of hubs, where bits of text and labels are always being cut off makes the whole thing look really buggy. I can see that it might make it easier to visualize how the screens are spatially related, but god it looks awful with cut off text and UI elements, and wastes a ton of space for no particularly good reason.

The clean break is an interesting strategy though. Not sure how successful it will be, because I don't see anything really groundbreaking here, and now they lose the advantage of backwards compatibility. So what exactly is going to make someone want to switch from an iPhone or Android device? The new UI is not an abortion like the old Windows Mobile stuff, but Apple are the absolute masters of clean UI, and the iPhone already does almost everything right in that respect. I'm a bit confused at the excitement around this, but I'm probably missing something.

Update: A few more comments after watching the channel9 video.

People tab: The last thing I want it all my facebook friends being shown in a list. The presenter says he has over 600 "friends" on facebook, which illustrates how this is not very user friendly. Realistically you won't communicate with 90+% of those people more than once a year, and having them mixed in with your real friends isn't useful.

UI responsiveness is sort of laggy more often than you would expect.

Bing web search looks cool though. Depends on how good the data is outside redmond, but I can see that being much better than actually searching the web in a standard interface. Very smart.

Email... Looks nice, but I'm not sure about the usability of the little strip on top. Seems pretty limited, but I guess we'll have to wait to use it in real life first.

The SMS app was obviously pretty buggy with the rotation support. Don't really see the novelty of rotating icons, but whatever.

Calendar. This shows the problem with the strip. There are two options, agenda and day. They wrap, so you see "agenda day age" on the screen. Looks pretty silly and not intuitive at all (2 options and you see 2.3 of them?)

Edited 2010-02-15 20:56 UTC

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RE: Hmm
by leos on Mon 15th Feb 2010 21:07 in reply to "Hmm"
leos Member since:
2005-09-21

The pictures app is really cool. Most of the pictures I care about are now on facebook, so the integration is pretty awesome.

The xbox integration could be an important feature. I can see that being pretty powerful leverage.

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